Shanghai: Team Germany Saturday notes

Fifth and seventh start row for A1 Team Germany Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany qualified on the fifth and seventh row for rounds nine and ten of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai. Michael Ammermuller from Pocking clinched the ninth...

Fifth and seventh start row for A1 Team Germany

Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany qualified on the fifth and seventh row for rounds nine and ten of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai. Michael Ammermuller from Pocking clinched the ninth grid spot for the sprint race and 13th for the feature race on the GP circuit close to the Chinese metropolis.

Michael Ammermuller set a time of 1m 35.012s on new tyres on his first qualifying run -- the fifth fastest in the field. A1 Team Germany was marginally slower than the previous attempt with a time of 1m 35.029s in the second outing on new tyres and, in the final classification, dropped down to ninth place for the sprint race. In qualifying for the feature race Michael Ammermuller recorded a time of 1m 35.758s on a set of old tyres and therefore held 13th position. In the subsequent final run Ammermuller improved with new tyres by two-tenths-of-a-second to record 1m 35.558s, however he remained thirteenth on the grid for the feature race.

Michael Ammermuller: 'Obviously we are disappointed that we couldn't do any better today. It won't be easy to convert these grid positions into good results in both races. Qualifying started reasonably well with fifth place. We then made a change to the set-up, a very small change actually. In spite of this the car got worse and worse throughout the session. We simply can't explain it until now. The aerodynamics in Shanghai is an extremely critical element. In the race we hope that we can benefit from slipstreaming on the long straights. I think we could see several interesting duels and overtaking manoeuvres.'

Credit: a1gp.de

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Drivers Michael Ammermüller